Bats are truly special animals. Not only are they the only mammal that can fly, they also possess a kind of biological sonar known as echolocation. Bats play an important role in keeping down irritating insect populations. Indeed, according to Arizona State University, “one little brown bat can eat up to 500 mosquito-sized insects in an hour.”
Bats also may spread rabies and histoplasmosis, though, and problems can arise when they decide to make your property into their home. Fortunately, Smithereen knows how to conduct professional bat exclusion, restoring your home or commercial structure.
Common Bat Infestations
While the specific species of bat that comprise an infestation will vary from area to area (there are more than 12,000 species, after all!), the circumstances that lead to these scourges remain pretty standard. Bat infestations typically occur when female bats seek safe shelter in order to raise their pups (the technical term for an infant bat). That makes wind-sheltered sections of a building particularly attractive to them.
What does this mean for your property? Bat infestations typically occur seasonally, and if you have an open egress to your attic, chimney, or similar space, you could very well end up needing bat control.
Bat Control Services & Batproofing
The best— in fact, the only — way to ensure that your bat-removal efforts permanently evict these winged critters is to batproof your property. Allow us to be blunt: Do-it-yourself treatments such as bat repellents and ultrasonic systems simply do not work. In order to get rid of bats, you must address the shortcomings that allowed them to enter your property in the first place.
What does that involve? Bat colony removal starts when our technicians identify all primary and secondary access points. Then Smithereen will start by remediating the identified secondary points and then installing excluders (i.e., one-way passages) over the primary points. After frightening the bats out, our techs will then permanently seal off these main entrances, finalizing the batproofing.
Humane Wildlife Control by Smithereen
Many municipalities do not permit the extermination of bats, and Smithereen proudly practices humane wildlife control when removing bat colonies. Indeed, such an approach remains the only effective way to address bat problems over the long term, and it also helps to preserve an important part of your local wildlife that helps to eliminate other irritating pests.
Our experienced technicians pride themselves on their knowledge of bat behavior, as well as their attention to every detail. If you find yourself with a bat infestation on your hands, contact Smithereen today to learn how we can help.